The Silent Life  -     By: Thomas Merton
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Farrar Straus Giroux / 1975 / Paperback

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Thomas Merton wrote The Silent Life a decade after he retreated to the discipline of Trappist monasticism. In his prologue to The Silent Life, Merton describes the book as "a meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own, is privileged to know that life from the inside ... who seeks only to speak as the mouthpiece of a tradition centuries old." It is a work that combines a lucid and informative de scription of the nature and forms of monasticism, communal and solitary, with a passionate defense of the con templative's quest for God. The intense beauty of Merton's meditation, radiating from beneath its surface calm, makes The Silent Life a classic of its kind.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 178
Vendor: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publication Date: 1975
Dimensions: 5 X 8 (inches)
ISBN: 0374512817
ISBN-13: 9780374512811
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Thomas Merton wrote The Silent Life a decade after he took orders. In his Prologue, Merton describes the book as "a meditation on the monastic life by one who, without any merit of his own, is privileged to know that life on the inside . . . who seeks only to speak as the mouthpiece of a tradition centuries old." It is a remarkable work-one that combines a lucid and informative description of the nature and forms of monasticism, communal and solitary, with a passionate defense of the contemplative's quest for God. The intense beauty of Merton's meditation, radiating from beneath its surface calm, makes The Silent Life a classic of its kind.

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Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, is perhaps the foremost spiritual thinker of the twentiethcentury. His diaries, social commentary, and spiritual writings continue to be widely read after his untimely death in 1968.

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